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Rutgers Off To Best Start Since 1990

Published: September 14, 2019

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – There were a barrage of shots on the Manhattan net by the Scarlet Knights all night long, but with 2:37 left in the game freshman Jackson Temple finally broke thru for the Rutgers men’s soccer team for the lone score of the night to lift RU to a 5-0 record for the first time since 1990 on Saturday night at Yurcak Field.

 

  MATCH SUMMARY
  • Freshman Jackson Temple recorded the game-winner in the 88th minute. From the left sideline, classmate Jørgen Wisth Lie found fellow rookie Valentino Ambrosio heading into the box. Ambrosio kicked the ball back to the top of 18 to Temple for the right-footed shot inside the right post.
  • Manhattan had its best chance in the 60th minute with Brandon Joseph Buadi hitting the cross bar from the top of the box.
  • The Jaspers controlled the rebound allowing Simon Busch to find an opening from the top the 18, but his look was stopped by Scarlet Knight goalkeeper James Teal.  

 

  KEY STATS
  • Rutgers held a commanding 19-8 advantage in shots and 18-1 lead in corners.
  • Scarlet Knight keeper James Teal came off the bench and picked up four saves in the win.
  • Manhattan netminder Marcellin Gohier, a two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year who is tied as the Jaspers' all-time leader in career shutouts, logged nine saves.

 

  KNIGHT NOTES
  • Rutgers has opened a season with five-straight wins for the eighth time since the program began in 1938.
  • The Scarlet Knights last opened up a season 5-0 in 1990.
  • Junior James Teal made his first appearance in goal playing relieving an under the weather Oren Asher and playing the nearly 79 minutes in his seventh career shutout. It was his first clean sheet as a Scarlet Knight having earned six shutouts in his two seasons with UAB.
  • Freshman Jackson Temple recorded his third goal of 2019 and his second game-winner.
  • Sophomore Valentino Ambrosio notched his second assists of the season.
  • The duo of Temple and Ambrosio were also responsible for the game-winner at Drexel on September 2.

 

  MATCH QUOTES

"I know I scored a goal, but the win was a team effort. We dominated in shots and we were pushing, pushing, pushing and we knew it was coming. When I had the chance, I was ready to take it." – freshman Jackson Temple

"I was really proud of our group. I thought we really pushed to try and win the game. We just didn't get that final pass, that final shot, for a majority of the game. I was proud of the way we kept pushing and also kept it tight at the back. I think Manhattan has some really talented guys so it's not easy to keep them off the board." – head coach Jim McElderry

 

  UP NEXT

It's back to the "City of Brotherly Love" for the Rutgers men's soccer team as the Scarlet Knights travel to UPenn on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a 7 p.m. kick with the Quakers on ESPN3.

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